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Simpson said eel fisheries will not open for years as Connecticut drafts regulations, schedules public hearings and submits a proposal to the regional organization.
eel catches on the East Coast. The catch would instead be redistributed among the states, he said.
HARTFORD >> A last minute maneuver in the legislature followed quickly by a green light from a regional governing body is putting the lucrative eel industry within Connecticut reach.
The Atlantic states group voted Monday to propose that states may open certain eel fisheries if they can show habitats have improved, said Kate Taylor, senior fisheries management plan coordinator. Catch limits had been imposed because the American eel is at or near historically low levels due to overfishing, habitat loss, predators, contaminants and other threats.
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knew there was a lot of pressure on eels because of the price paid for them, the Democratic lawmaker said. like a gold rush. Dannel P. Malloy to veto it. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the American eel warrants federal protection, proof that the Connecticut measure is bad legislation, environmentalists say.
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State legislation opening Connecticut waters to eel fishing passed the House and Senate minutes before the annual session ended Wednesday night. State Rep. Ted Moukawsher opposed it and said he was angry at the maneuvering that got the bill over the finish line.
The tiny translucent eels are valued by dealers who ship them to Asia, where they are used as seed stock in aquaculture facilities. Elver fishing tends to be profitable, with catch prices as high as $2,500 a pound, though it fallen to a still lofty $700 a pound, Taylor said.
Final regulations could be approved as early as this summer following hearings and public comment.
Days after a deal by state lawmakers cleared the way for eel fisheries in Connecticut, a 15 state regional agency proposed to ease rules allowing broader access to the multimillion dollar global eel market.
Rep. Craig Miner, who engineered the legislative deal, is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a group from Maine to Florida. David Simpson, director of Marine Fisheries in the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, also is a commissioner.
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The legislation opening Connecticut waters to eel fishing was immediately put up for a vote, Meyer said, and passed the Senate 36 0. With six minutes remaining to the session, the fracking measure passed the House, 128 19.
Fisheries for baby eel, or elver, operate only in South Carolina and Maine. In Maine, the catch has generated $32 million for each of the past two years. That monopoly needs to end, Simpson said.
A spokesman would not say if Malloy will sign the legislation.
Miner, a member of the House Republican minority, kicked off a three hour debate Wednesday night on unrelated legislation imposing a moratorium on natural gas drilling waste coming to Connecticut. He said he sought to clarify what wells could be drilled.
Connecticut inches toward lucrative eel industry
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